this is bbc news — i'm ben brown. the headlines at 10:00. an ethiopian airlines plane with more than 150 people on board has crashed on a flight from addis ababa to nairobi. two leading brexiteers urge the prime minister not to delay leaving the eu — if she loses the meaningful vote on her withdrawal deal in the commons this week. two more british women living in detention camps in syria, with five children between them, are reported to have been stripped of their uk citizenship. sir cliff richard joins other public figures calling for a law to protect the anonymity of people suspected of sexual offences until they are actually charged with a crime. the family of a 23—year—old british woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. and as part of talking movies 20th
anniversary celebrations — acclaimed british actor—director kenneth branagh discusses changes in the film industry over the last two decades — that's in half an hour here on bbc news. ethiopian airlines has confirmed that one of its passanger planes has come down, minutes after taking off on its way from addis ababa to the kenyan capital, nairobi. the boeing 737 had more than 150 people on board. there are no details of casualties and it is not clear what caused the crash. search and rescue operations are under way in the area south east of addis ababa.
the ethiopian prime minister, abiy ahmed, tweeted his condolences to those with relatives onboard. 0ur africa security correspondent, tomi 0ladipo, is following developments. well, this plane took off at 8:38am local time from addis ababa coming here to nairobi. just six minutes after take—off, the air traffic control lost contact with this plane and it is believed to have gone down just south—east of the capital of ethiopia, addis ababa. so far, we aren't hearing any official figures relating to casualties, but we are just waiting on official details from the authorities in ethiopia. a pretty large number of passengers and crew are on board. yes, indeed. 149 passengers and eight
crew members on board. this is one of the newest planes ethipian airlines has, reported to be four months old. it is the largest airline in africa and have been expanding their routes across the world. the prime minister's twitter account, as i was saying, he has expressed condolences to the families indicating that perhaps there won't be survivors. that seems to be the view of the government. it appears to be the view, if they are to express condolences. at the same time they haven't given us any details. they have sent search and rescue teams out there to find out what the state of things is at the site where the plane came down. we're still waiting to hear those details but it will be some time before we hear exactly
what the state of casualties are. with me now is independent travel editor simon calder. watmore information do we have?m took place six minutes after take—off from addis ababa, involving a boeing 737 aircraft. that's critical, it's just four months old. it's the same type that was involved in the lion air crash in october last year in which 189 people died shortly after take—off from jakarta airport. the investigators will be looking at a wide range of possibilities, anything from whether there was a criminal act involved but there is already certainly among pilot circles concentration on the fa ct pilot circles concentration on the fact that this was the same type, boeing 737, very well regarded
aircraft, but the max variant had issues with its manoeuvring characteristics and the investigation into that and crash is still going on. what about the airline, what sort of reputations does ethiopian airlines have? 0utstanding, very good safety reputation. it is very much regarded as the best airline in africa. it has links from heathrow, manchester to addis ababa, it also connects asia and north america with africa. ina asia and north america with africa. in a continent where there are so many airlines with shortcomings, ethiopia has always been regarded as outstandingly good. i use it myself quite frequently because it delivers a good service and has a very good safety record. in terms of the people on board, what do we know? it's not yet clear what the nationalities were. there will be a mix of people. four flights a day on
this route. it will be ethiopians, ca nyo ns , this route. it will be ethiopians, canyons, a range of other nationalities. people who will have flown into addis ababa early this morning and then transfer to a dislike to continue to the kenyan capital —— it will be ethiopians and kenyans. the first stage is rescued, to try and help the victims, and after that the investigators will be looking at the cockpit recorder and ﬂight looking at the cockpit recorder and flight data recorder to find out what they will tell us. very close to the airport, so therefore the recovery is already under way and it should be... at least they will be able to get the scene very quickly. thank you. there are reports that two more british women who married so—called islamic state fighters are to be
stripped of their citizenship. according to the sunday times, reema iqbal and her sister, zara travelled to syria in 2013 and are now in the al—roj refugee camp. it follows a decision by the home office to remove 19—year—old shamima begum's citizenship. thousands of women and children have arrived in syrian refugee camps in recent days after fleeing the final stronghold of the islamic state group. baghouz is the last village still controlled by thejihadi militants. but it may not be in their hands for much longer, as lebo diseko reports. they've left the final stronghold of the so—called islamic state. women and children evacuated out of baghouz now searched as they arrive in territory held by the us—backed syrian defence forces. the western—backed kurdish and arab fighters are poised to launch their final assault on the tiny enclave, which is all that's left in is control.
but they've been waiting for the families to leave. thousands have done so in recent days, with more reported to have left on saturday, loaded onto at least four trucks. the same fighters waiting to begin their final assault on what's left of is land are also those trying to get civilians to safety. translation: we are now at the end of baghouz. the euphrates river is 700 metres away from us. the camp is one kilometre behind us. we are trying to evacuate most of the civilians after sunset. we are evacuating hundreds — hundreds — of civilians. those who make it out of baghouz will be sent here to al—hol, both a detention and refuge centre in northern syria. it's run by the us—backed syrian kurdish fighters, but aid workers have been allowed in to help. tens of thousands of people are now here, with more than 10,000 coming in recent days.
the few facilities available were struggling even before the increased arrivals. now, aid workers warn that they are overwhelmed. so far, we have counted them and 106 people dead. we have to count that these people are coming from a very poor camp condition and they have to travel more than 150 kilometres in a very, very, very harsh winter with cold, so some of them arrive so weak that any complication in their health condition may end in a fatal casualty. it's not clear how many civilians are still left in baghouz, nor how long the sdf fighters will be willing to wait for them to leave before making that final push. lebo diseko, bbc news. two leading brexiteers are warning that delaying brexit would do "incalculable harm" to public trust in politics. the comments — from tory mp steve baker and the dup‘s nigel dodds — come two days before the commons again votes on theresa may's
eu withdrawal deal. 0ur political correspondent jessica parkerjoins me now. perhaps no surprise, those comments from those mps. i think what they have to say is probably what you would expect at this stage but they use some pretty strong language. steve baker and nigel dodds saying any delay would be a political calamity and for some it would mean democracy is effectively dead. they also the deal is unchanged ahead of this week's vote, it would face a sizeable defeat. i've been watching an interview with dominic raab this morning, he has been saying much the same. but if it's the same deal presented to mps on tuesday, he thinks it's very unlikely it will get through. therefore all the pressure is on negotiators in brussels trying to get concessions on the backstop, they speech arrangements for the irish border that had proved so controversial. no breakthrough yet as far as we know
stop i talk us through the timeline and what we are expecting in the commons. we often say it's a big week for brexit but it really is this time! if they don't want to leave without a deal, the next day they are expected to get the chance to potentially vote to delay brexit, extend article 50. theresa may has warned she definitely doesn't want that to happen. she says the government and parliament need to deliver on the referendum result and leave on the 29th of march. that has been a date set in law. she has ended up handing that power to mps who will have a say on it potentially later this week. say those three days potentially absolutely potentially later this week. say those three days potentially absolutely crucial. potentially later this week. say those three days potentially
absolutely crucial. definitely. potentially later this week. say those three days potentially absolutely crucial. definitely. i think people have been trying to tot up think people have been trying to tot up the maths in terms of what might happen. i think at the moment unless theresa may and her team can get some assurance, legally binding assurances and changes it is looking difficult for her to get her deal through on tuesday. any move to the no deal vote. it seems likely mps would vote to cancel out the idea of no deal. i think it's less clear what would happen on a thursday vote on whether they would want to see an extension to article 50 and delay brexit. a lot of people speculating if you don't want no deal, that is perhaps inevitably leading to the idea of extending article 50. senior labourfigures idea of extending article 50. senior labour figures saying that is likely to happen. she lost last time by a huge majority, but her critics would say her strategy has been running down the clock in order to concentrate the minds of mps is the deadline of the 29th approaches, that they are more likely to vote for her. do you see any signs of
that happening in the commons? not a lot. 0ne that happening in the commons? not a lot. one of her messages has been to brexit supporting mps, if you don't support this deal, you may end up getting no brexit at all. it doesn't seem getting no brexit at all. it doesn't seem like brexiteers are scared enough by the possible outcome to vote through this withdrawal agreement, which many of them dislike not just because agreement, which many of them dislike notjust because of the backstop but because of the £39 billion being paid to the eu and think we aren't necessarily getting much in return because the future trading relationship is yet to be decided. i think she's trying to focus minds. i'm sure the government would deny any attempts to run down the clock. they put the deal to be vote in january and the clock. they put the deal to be vote injanuary and are putting it toa vote injanuary and are putting it to a vote this week. theresa may warning on friday in grimsby that it could be a moment of crisis in her view if mps reject the deal on tuesday and that they may end up with no brexit at all. thank you.
let's bring you up—to—date with that plane crash, and ethiopian airlines plane crash, and ethiopian airlines plane with more than 150 people on board has crashed on the way to nairobi from addis ababa. it crashed six minutes into its flight towards nairobi. we arejust hearing six minutes into its flight towards nairobi. we are just hearing from our correspondent in nairobi that there have been no survivors. an ethiopian spokesman in addis ababa telling the state broadcaster that all people on the plane are dead. that was passengers and crew, 33 nationalities, they are telling us. 33 different nationalities were on board that plane. it was a boeing 737 and on its way from addis ababa to nairobi and it crashed just six
minutes after take—off. there is a search and rescue operation. this is the plane in question, a boeing 737. simon calder our travel editor was telling a few minutes ago that ethiopian airlines have a pretty good safety record and so does the 737. that is the latest we are hearing, there has been no survivors. there were more than 150 crew and passengers on board, of 33 different nationalities. more than 50 businesses in northern ireland have written an open letter to mps urging them to unite behind a deal to leave the eu. they warn that a no—deal brexit would have a damaging impact on the local economy and political stability — and urge them to compromise. among the companies that signed were bombardier, coca—cola and queen's university belfast.
the uk will remain in "pole position" after brexit, when it comes to technological innovation, according to the chancellor phillip hammond. he's expected to unveil plans for a £200 million in investment in cutting—edge scientific research during his spring statement on wednesday. our business correspondent rob young has the details. new technologies are shaping how we live and how we work. scientific discoveries today could determine the economy of the future and can improve our health. on wednesday, the government is expected to say it will allocate £200 million for investment in cutting—edge research. £79 million is earmarked for a new national supercomputer. based at the university of edinburgh, the machine is promised to be up to ten times faster than the current supercomputer. another £81 million will be spent on state—of—the—art laser technology in 0xfordshire. one recent laser invention at harwell was used to detect explosives hidden
in airport luggage. there will also be £115 million for health research taking place in cambridge. the money will be spent on potential new therapies to tackle genetic diseases. the government says innovation will be at the core of the spring statement on wednesday. the chancellor says he wants britain to maintain its competitive advantage in science and technology after brexit. but the chancellor is not splashing the cash. the money being dished out for the research comes from existing budgets. many people will be watching what the chancellor has to say about the forecasts for the economy. growth has been lower recently, as brexit uncertainty and a global economic slowdown affect the uk. rob young, bbc news. a 17—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the chest in north london.
police were called to reports of a stabbing on a bus in north finchley yesterday afternoon. the 19—year—old is in a critical condition in hospital. the headlines on bbc news. an ethiopian airlines plane with more than 150 people on board has crashed on a flight from addis ababa to nairobi. it's believed there are no survivors. two leading brexiteers have urged the prime minister not to delay leaving the eu if she loses the meaningful vote on her withdrawal deal in the commons this week. two more british women living in detention camps in syria, with five children between them, are reported to have been stripped of their uk citizenship. sport now, and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre.
football can't escape discussions over the video assistant referee — even when it's not in use! manchester city extended their lead at the top of the premier league table. but their 3—1 win over watford wasn't without controversy. raheem sterling opening the scoring at the etihad despite looking to be offside. he went on to score a hat—trick, as city moved four points clear. liverpool have the chance to close the gap when they host burnley in a midday kick—off... managerjurgen klopp is staying positive despite a run ofjust one win in their last five in all competitions for liverpool. we are in a position we like to be, we liked the position before. it's not a problem. what we always said — we wanted to be in a position to fight for the top spot in the league and we are still in, and that's all that we need to be positive, to be optimistic, to be excited in a very positive way about the challenge and all that stuff. our only problem this
weekend is burnley. that match is the third of three premier league games this afternoon. there is a live commentary of both of those games on bbc radio five live. ireland host france later, in what will be their head coach joe schmidt's final six nations match at the aviva stadium after five years in charge. they have only lost once in his 15 games in charge in dublin. we've had some great years, some great occasions in the aviva and it would be great if this is another really positive experience. and we've been working toward that this week, but it is certainly about the performance. the players play under
those circumstances. you never know when your next cap is coming and the length of your career, so i guess coaches operate like that as well, you know! britain's sam bird has won the hong kong formula e eprix. but it wasn't without controversy — bird is currently being investigated after nudging germany's andre lotterer, who then suffered a punctured tyre and crashed out. lotterer was leading before the nudge. bird said it's a shame the race ended that way. sir mo farah has won the big half. he finished in one hour, one minute and 1a seconds finishing just ahead of bashir abdi from belgium.
in the women's race, charlotte perdue crossed the line. steph twell finished just under a minute after her. matthew fitzpatrick has a one—shot lead over rory mcilroy going into the final round at the arnold palmer invitational in florida. fitzpatrick, who is looking for his first pga tour title, has only dropped three shots so far at bay hill. he produced a bogey—free 5—under 67 to take the lead. but mcilroy is on the charge — the northern irishman had been seven back overnight, but he hit seven birdies as he carded 66 to move into contention. that is all the sport for now. find the build—up to today's rugby union and premier league games today on the bbc sport website.
more on the breaking news that an ethiopian airlines plane has crashed on its way from addis ababa to nairobi, 150, more than 150 people on board in fact. we've been hearing in the last few minutes that there we re in the last few minutes that there were no survivors according to ethiopian authorities. nobody has survived the crash. let's speak now to our correspondent larry madowo. what more are you hearing? we have just heard in the last few minutes that authorities have confirmed there were no survivors of that ethiopian airlines 302 flight from nairobi to addis ababa. it was involved in an accident six minutes after ta ke—off involved in an accident six minutes after take—off at bole international airport. we don't know who was on the aircraft except there were 157
people on board, 149 passengers. it's reported that this boeing 737 max was only four months old with the airline. devastating news for family members waiting for their loved ones here at nairobi airport. we gather from authorities that the people on board were from many different nationalities, some 33 nationalities. there were 33 nationalities. there were 33 nationalities on this aircraft, that's correct. that's because bole international airport has become a hub for ethiopian airlines to transport people to the rest of the continent, to europe, asia and america as well. because nairobi hosts a lot of conferences, some of these people were expected at a major un conference starting tomorrow. ethiopian airlines is afrika's most successful and largest
airline so this is a tragedy that will affect a lot of people around the world. what about its history, do we know anything about its track record? it has an impeccable safety record. it does not have a lot of crashes over the last few years. the last one was in 2015 and before that in 2010. compared to the safety records of other airlines on the continent, it is one of the best. a lot more surprising that this has happened, but some commentators are drawing parallels between this crash of the boeing 737 max and the lion air crash of the boeing 737 max and the lion aircrash in of the boeing 737 max and the lion air crash in indonesia last year which had the same aeroplane. a lot of people will be expecting a statement from boeing. it crashed pretty soon after taking off, didn't it? it crashed six minutes after
take—off south—east of addis ababa, very close to the start of the ﬂight. very close to the start of the flight. air crash investigators will be looking into it. wreckage has been found near addis ababa and investigators are moving in, civil aviation authority is looking into what exactly might have caused this. thank you. our africa business editor is at nairobi airport with the latest. thank you. sir cliff richard has joined a campaign demanding legal anonymity for anyone suspected of committing a sexual offence, until they're charged. the singer was named after he was accused of an offence, but never arrested or charged. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has this report. vindicated by the high court, sir cliff richard after he won his landmark privacy battle against the bbc last year. it's going to take me a little time to get over the whole emotional factor,
and so i hope you'll forgive me. the bbc broadcast a police search of his surrey home after being falsely accused of a sexual offence. a seniorjudge said it was a serious breach of his privacy and should never have been broadcast. now he isjoining a growing campaign to protect the anonymity of some people facing police investigation. the singer says the media's reporting of the false allegations he faced was the worst thing that had happened to him in his entire life. a stigma has been almost impossible to eradicate. and that has led him to believe only a new law can protect others from the same misery. the campaign joined by sir cliff calls for a simple change in the law. a legal guarantee of anonymity for anyone under investigation for a sexual offence, that would prevent media reporting, unless and until the individual is charged. today, the campaign's leaders welcomed sir cliff's decision tojoin them. we have a number of areas that we wish to change in respect of law reform.
the primary one that we want to change is that a suspect is not named until charged. apart from anything else, that would create balance, because the complainant has anonymity, why shouldn't the person who is facing an allegation? and the allegation being publicised out there is there forever, and mud sticks. sir cliff's case is the most high profile, but the question of privacy for people who haven't been charged with a crime has been increasingly debated. the radio presenter paul gambaccini, also part of the campaign, secured a pay—out from prosecutors over unfounded allegations of historical sex offences. and most recently, a couple from sussex were named in the media after being arrested over the disruption of gatwick by a drone — something they were innocent of. ministers have refused anonymity for suspects, saying it infringes on freedom of the press, but sir cliff and the campaign hope they can force reform on the specific issue
of sexual offences. dominic casciani, bbc news. the family of a 23—year—old british woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. catherine shaw, from witney in 0xfordshire was last seen on 4th march in the lake atitlan area of the country. her parents said her disappearance was of "great concern". a foreign office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a british woman and were "in contact with the local authorities". a climber is seriously ill in hospital in aberdeen after being stranded overnight on a mountain in the highlands. the 57—year—old man, from nottinghamshire, was airlifted to safety from a peak in the glencoe area yesterday — reportedly suffering from hypothermia. a second climber was also rescued but is in a stable condition in hospital. hen harriers, which are rare birds of prey, are being deliberately
ta rgetted and killed, according to the rspb. in the most recent case in wiltshire one of the birds, which was being tracked by a satellite tag, has vanished and is presumed dead. police are investigating, and there are concerns over a government plan to introduce more hen harriers into the wild, as andrew plant reports. out on the hunt for a bird of prey. teams have been searching this wiltshire countryside. it is where vulcan, a rare hen harrier, satellite tag suddenly stopped responding. but both the bird and its tag have disappeared. sadly, suspicious occasion. so that tag just one day stopped working? stopped working — so the tag was in very good health, and it's being investigated by wiltshire police as a very suspicious case. hen harriers almost died out in england. now, just a handful are born every year. conservationists tag the strongest ones.